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Srinivasan Services Trust
Authors
Racheal Rutendo Chimbghandah, Shirley Xue Li, Marie No and Jennifer Louise Tutak
Abstract
Since 1996, Srinivasan Services Trust (SST) had successfully improved the lives of thousands of rural Indians by helping establish village enterprises. In late 2009, SST Chairman Ashoke Joshi was trying to decide what role the trust should play in helping beneficiaries scale up their enterprises and increase their profits.
Learning Objective
To understand India’s rural finance landscape, in particular MFIs (microfinance institutions) and SHGs (self-help groups); identify key impediments to and growth drivers for village-based income-generating projects; and demonstrate the tradeoffs faced by rural development organizations between “facilitating” and “hand-holding.”
Could be taught in the following course(s)
entrepreneurship, social enterprise, strategy